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Dictée A1.1 | Rentrée des classes

C’est la rentrée !
Dans mon sac, il y a un crayon et une gomme.
Dans le sac de mon ami, il y a un stylo et une règle.
Dans le sac de mon professeur, il y a des crayons, des gommes, des stylos et des règles.

Et vous ? Qu’est-ce qu’il y a dans votre sac ?

Six things you need to know before studying in France

France is without a doubt a beautiful country, a major tourist destination and studying French in France is one of those amazing and unforgettable experiences. Naturally as with everything new in life, studying in France won’t go without some serious planning and possibly minor hiccups. Luckily, we are here to share with you some insight on what sort of things you can prepare and look forward to and some challenges you may come across when you decide to study in France.


Arrange your accommodation asap

Since France is a major destination not just for university students from all over the world, but also for those that want to study short-term French courses and of course tourists, finding good and affordable accommodation can be a big headache. When you decide that you want to study French in Normandy, we recommend that you start searching for a place to live right away. Even if the start of your course is months away. The best deals get sold out really fast and you need to be one of them.

Alternatively, you can ask our staff at French in Normandy for assistance regarding accommodation. You can choose between staying with a host family, at a residence or hotels/gites. We personally recommend host families because then you will have someone to practice with, outside the classroom.

Prepare for paperwork

Even though French are well known for their cuisine, perfumes and a lot of other good things, you may be confronted with shameless bureaucracy and too much paperwork. This is without a doubt frustrating, especially if you need something urgently done. We recommend that you always be prepared, have extra copies of documents (ie birth certificate, passport, proof of vaccination) just in case you need them. Furthermore, you can always contact our staff at the school via phone, email, social media or our website in case you have questions.


Soak up the local culture 

France is a beautiful country, and when you decide to study French in Rouen, you’ll get the chance to appreciate the rich French history and culture every single day. There are great museums and sites that you can visit in Rouen so make good use of your spare time.  Grab some of your classmates and visit a few of them. Immerse yourself in French culture, develop a new perspective, use the language in new ways and learn new plenty of new things.

Open a local bank account

If you plan on staying in Normandy for a long time we highly recommend that you open a local bank account as soon as possible. Actually, this should be one of the first things you do when you arrive in Rouen. Stacking up foreign transaction fees, paying ATM withdrawal costs is something you can avoid. That said, you can’t just walk into a local bank and open an account. Opening a bank account will require you to schedule an appointment and prepare numerous documents. So set this up ahead of time in order to avoid long waits.

Plan weekend excursions

Aside from learning one of the most spoken languages in the world, studying French in Normandy comes with other perks and benefits too. One of them is being able to explore the region of Normandy. Prepare yourself to visit Mont St Michel, Monet’s Gardens, the D-Day beaches and the Alabaster Coast. French people love public holidays so you’ll have plenty of chances to scope out other places outside of Rouen.


Go easy on yourself

Learning any new language, especially if it’s very different from your native language, is a process that can take some time. You might experience frustration or shyness because you may not be able to speak or understand the language, but that will pass as you progress with your French course. Remember, being fluent in another language requires both time and practice. Aside from your lessons, you’ll have every day, there are also various other activities at our French school in France that you can choose from and where you can get additional French conversation practice.


Studying in French, whether that is a General French course, cooking course or DELF DALF exam preparation, your experience at French in Normandy will be one you will never forget. Aside from learning from skilled and qualified native French speakers, you will also experience French culture (language, history, cuisine, customs etc.) first hand and make friends not just with locals but with students from other parts of the world, who came to France for the same reason as  you – to study French and experience the French language in a different way.

Six Things You Can Do to Improve Your French at Home during a Pandemic 

You’ve been stuck at home for a year, you’ve baked bread, learned Tiktok dances, cheered for healthcare workers but you still haven’t improved your French language skills. Discover our unique and effective tips to improve your French at home during a pandemic down below.



  1. Record yourself reading French text out loud.

Find a French article, book or lyrics you like and turn on your voice recorder. Record yourself speaking and listen to yourself.  Re-record the same text a few times, trying different accents, pronunciations, tones etc.

 

  1. Cook your favourite French food.

Find and follow a recipe for your favourite French dish without translating the ingredients or instructions! 

 

  1. Label everything.

Use post-it (sticky) notes to label items in your home in French. 

Le placard.

la télécommande.

le vin.

une brosse à cheveux.

une poubelle.

un ordinateur.

You get the idea.

 

  1. Find a partner.

Join a language exchange group online and swap your language with a French speaker in video or text conversations.

 

  1. Talk to the pros.

If you are serious about improving your conversational French quickly, take a one-on-one or small group class online with one of our accredited, native French speaking teachers. 

 

  1. Change your settings.

Change the language settings on your phone / computer / social media accounts to French and learn everyday French for technology. 

 


 

Quelle est la différence entre le DELF/DALF

Quelle est la différence entre le DELF et DALF?

Prepare to pass your DELF or DALF exam now

French in Normandy’s experienced teachers and accredited curriculum have helped students from around the world achieve their French language goals and obtain their Delf and Dalf certification with confidence.  French in Normandy is pleased to offer an online evening and weekend DALF or DELF exam preparation course tailor made for busy professionals and university students. Obtaining a DELF or DALF certificate will open up opportunities for participants both professionally and academically.

Over the course of 10 weeks, students spend 4 hours/week online with one of our highly trained instructors, targeting their French language skills in a group setting online as well as in one-to-one speaking/oral expression sessions with your teacher. You will improve your overall French and learn exam techniques to ensure you have all the tools you need to pass your French language exam. Your success is our success! With French in Normandy students will be well prepared to pass the exam without stress, like 97%+ of all our students who have taken our tried and trusted DELF and DALF exam preparation courses.

This course will take place online twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings starting September 8th from 18h-19h30 French time followed by 1 hour Saturday mornings or at another moment that suits you during our opening hours.

The course fee of 570€ per person will provide 40 hours of focused exam preparation over the course of 10 weeks.

If you’re ready for success and want to pass your DELF or DALF exam this year, contact us to enrol today in this online exam preparation course.

DELF DALF Online Enquiry

  • Choose your desired program option.

 

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What’s the best way to learn French online?

Promotion June – September 2020

French in Normandy is reopening after several challenging months of closure during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve missed our students and we look forward to welcoming you back to our award-winning school in the heart of Normandy. 

Students starting their course between July 13 – September 30 will receive 3 weeks + 1 week FREE when registering for a General Intensive French course (25 hours / week). School fees must be paid minimum 4 weeks before the start of the course.

Get a quote for your course and register online now.

Be sure to read our new health & safety regulations and temporary cancellation policy.

À bientôt à Rouen!

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